It’s a simple question that can be a powerful discernment tool.
God’s incarnation makes sacred our very decisions and even the process of discernment. Every decision we make becomes an incarnation, a little Christmas through which God enters the world.
People had to discern John the Baptist’s message. Was he the messiah? What were the signs they saw? Discernment includes many signs, consolation and desolation, and movements from the spirits that prepare the way to a choice.
God illumines a light into the world through the Annunication. Mary’s yes comes in a place of freedom, hope, and not clinging. Ignatius gives us several exercises for making decisions with this kind of freedom.
Incarnation occurs all the time, even in our decisions. We are in a whirl of confusion and feel like we’re in darkness. Advent is a time of sitting with those raw feelings and emotions because discernment begins with observation.
In the midst of a broken world, we can find hope in the season of Advent.
Religious themes are certainly not absent from Star Trek. Here’s an encore post of What Is Death?
Listen to my conversation with Becky Eldredge on the Examen, spiritual direction, and young adults.
The road of discernment can be tough. But I discovered the best discernment question to ask God.